Computer Science Prof Wins Chancellor’s Award
Outstanding Teaching Honoree Chosen from Faculty Nominated by Undergrads
May 18, 2009
Dr. Ivor Page, an associate professor of computer science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been chosen to receive the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System.
Page was selected from more than 118 tenured or tenure-track faculty members at UT Dallas who were nominated by undergraduate students for the honor.
The UT System sponsors the annual award to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at each of the UT System’s academic institutions, and the award was accompanied by a $5,000 stipend. It is the highest recognition a faculty member can receive.
“It’s a great honor to receive this award, and I’m overwhelmed to be chosen from among the many excellent teachers at UT Dallas, and especially in the Jonsson School,” Page said. “My goal in teaching is simple. I want my students to be able to reason about the material I teach, not just learn the details, or even learn the details of the proofs of correctness of the algorithms that I teach.”
Page joined UT Dallas in 1981. He has been active in University governance and has served as chair of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council, program head in computer science, director of the Collegium V Honors Program and associate dean for undergraduate education in the Jonsson School.
Page also served as faculty adviser to the computer science team that placed third among U.S. teams competing in the 2007 world finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in Tokyo.
Among the computer science classes he teaches are two student favorites: Data Structures (CS 3345) and Computer Architecture (CS 3340).
In nominating him, students praised his organization and enthusiasm, the value of his programming assignments, the fairness of his evaluation system, and his genuine concern for his students. Comments included: “Dr. Page is very engaging with students in class and really makes you think about the material he expects you to learn,” and “When he teaches, he guides his students to find the answers themselves, which leaves them with a deeper understanding of the course materials.”
Page was recognized at the Univesity Honor’s Convocation on Friday, May 15.
Page received his Ph.D. in computer science from Brunel University in London.